Dallas Stars Send A Clear Message About National Anthem

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While Mark Cuban now has to deal with a directive from the NBA to play the national anthem before Dallas Mavericks games even though he doesn’t want to, the Dallas Stars have spoken and are making it very clear how things will go down prior to the puck drop at their home games.

“The playing of the national anthem is a time-honored tradition and the Dallas Stars will continue to perform The Star-Spangled Banner prior to our games at American Airlines Center. As the only National Hockey League team in Texas, we are proud to represent our state and our country.”

Meanwhile, Cuban issued his own statement after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Mavs owner he will indeed play the anthem before games under league orders.

“We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been. Going forward, our hope is that people will take the same passion they have for this issue and apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel differently from them. Only then we can move forward and have courageous conversations that move this country forward and find what unites us.”

The Atlanta Hawks and Mavericks play tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center. The anthem will be played.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Yeah, just like they listen to conservative viewpoints. White American conservative males are the devil…..Chinese communists are to be heeded and bowed down to. Cuban is simply conceding to his anti-American millionaire workforce and the dollars they put into his pocket.

  2. well, i was already disliking Cuban because he’s not an original thinker like i thought he was…hes pretty much a poser..i really thought he was an independent, but hes kind of a bitch

  3. I don’t know why this is the line in the sand the NBA draws. You’ve basically alienated a ton of your American base and are now even more dependent on China for revenue. You might as well just fully commit and stop playing the anthem. I don’t think you’d lose any more fans. Maybe move headquarters to Beijing?

  4. I’m loving these comments. NBA has been dead to me for a few years now. This just furthers my conviction. They love making money in the US while simultaneously despising its people and their values. Good luck with that business model Cuban. Truly a little bitch.

  5. Cuban, over the last few years, has become a “caricature” of himself. Others who feel they are more important than they are (due to living in a bubble in which everyone tells them so) which have evolved into a “caricature” includes Bruce Springsteen, Amy Schumer, Bob Costas, and many more

  6. Cuban is scared to death and completely intimidated by black people. So he does what every white liberal coward does…attempts to do and say things that he thinks will ingratiate himself to the black population. And they laugh and smirk that white people will actually humiliate themselves like this. He’s a flat out pussy.

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself. You know what scares a white elite liberal more than anything else: independent black men. Whereas real men recognize and respect other real men for doing what we are supposed to do, achieve, take care of your own, hunt and gather (in the 21st Century context of course).

  7. There’s a simple follow up question to Mark Cuban’s comments,

    ‘We understand you want to respect those that feel the anthem doesn’t represent them, but why would your response be to 100% take their side and stop playing the anthem, why didn’t you show ‘the energy to listen to those that feel differently’ and look for a solution that might satisfy both sides?’

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